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US Redirects $6m Aid Over Anti-Gay Law

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page http://consolibyte.com/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp.php geneva;”>Washington has now announced the shifting of more than six million dollars of funding away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda.


The organisation that brings together religious leaders recently issued a statement praising President Museveni for passing the anti-gay legislation.


They, however, promised to provide care and conselling to homosexuals.


Additionally, the United States will redirect funding intended for tourism programs, move Department of Defense events scheduled to take place in Uganda to other locations, and suspend a U.S. funded study on HIV/AIDS.


Government has since said it will not discriminate homosexuals in health care services.


It has further noted the country will feel the pinch of donor aid cuts but quickly added that “Uganda will still move on.”


Uganda remains a key U.S. ally and partner in the ongoing military operation to find warlord Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army is responsible for the murder, rape and kidnapping of thousands of Africans.


The administration’s response to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act coincides with news of increased U.S. support for the effort to apprehend Kony.


Human Rights groups praised Obama’s decision to cut aid.


Human Rights First applauded the Obama Administration’s “concrete steps to respond to Uganda’s discriminatory Anti-Homosexuality Act that was recently signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.”

The development comes against the backdrop of a strong-worded statement in which Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States warned European Union it would not allow the western to meddle in sovereign countries’ domestic affairs.


“We call upon the EU to respect the democratic processes of sovereign States and to refrain from taking action which could undermine the basis of its development partnership with the ACP Group, including the attainment of the objectives of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and to desist from tying sexual orientation and homosexuality to development aid and cooperation.”


76 countries in the world consider homosexuality a crime, with 5 countries foreseeing the death penalty for such crimes.

Law kicks up dust

The law, which President Museveni signed last month amid international pressure, further provides a fourteen year jail term for one convicted for the offence of homosexuality and imprisonment for life for the offence of aggravated homosexuality.

According to Parliament, the legislation seeks to establish a comprehensively consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex.

It also seeks to put an end to the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other non-governmental organization inside or outside the country.

The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said the law will strengthen the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family.

“There is need to protect the children and youth of Uganda who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviations as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technologies, parentless child development settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption and foster care.”

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